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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

140085 (left); 138980B (top right); 138958A (bottom right)

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Views of the Portland Art Building, 478 Fore Street. The Portland Art Building was located in the former Louis Mack scrap metal company space.
A view of the building in 1965 is also visible at the left edge of this image.

Created by Portland potter Larry Adlerstein, the building's name painted on the outer wall read, "Portland Art Building - Portland Fine Art Gallery - Maine Crafts - Portland Craft School - Portland Pottery & Supply Company." The gallery was located at the street level, and the building also included studio spaces for individual artists. Adlerstein referred to the building as "a beehive of creative activity- the focus of Maine art and craft." The Portland Craft School was located on the second floor. The Portland Art Building opened in June 1981, and closed in June 1982.

Left image: Exterior view of portion of the Portland Art Building from northeast, during demolition of 36 Union Street.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 15 June 1982.

Top right image: Interior view of the art gallery space.
Unpublished photo taken for the Portland Press Herald article on 23 September 1981.

Bottom right image: Group at Portland Art Building exhibition of John Lennon lithographs. From left: Mary-Margaret Roseberry, Al DeMuzio, and gallery owner Larry Adlerstein.
Photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 16 September 1981.

See Additional Files links, below, for:
* Photo of Portland Art Building owner Larry Adlerstein, taken at the grand opening of the Portland Art Building, and published in the Portland Press Herald, on 4 June 1981.

* Unpublished photo of gallery visitors for an article about the Portland Art Building, published in the Portland Press Herald on 16 September 1981.

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Larry Adlerstein - at Portland Art Building opening (PH 4 JUN 1981)

138958A-1_WTM.JPG (4796 kB)
Portland Art Building gallery visitors at John Lennon exhibit (PH 16 SEP 1981)


Portland, Me., Old Port, Fore Street, Artists' studios, Art galleries


Image Location


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.